Setting new health goals feels amazing...at first. Then, after a few days or weeks, the excitement wears off and that motivation starts to fade. So, how do we turn changes into lasting habits?
Experts say successful health changes have a lot to do with preparation and having a solid support system; we’ve collected some of the best practical tips to help you achieve your goals:
1. Become a meal prep pro
It's a trend for a reason: it works. At the beginning of each week, try planning out a lineup of healthy meals. This way, you’ll be less likely to give into impromptu cravings. Plus, having all of your meals ready to go can be a huge time-saver.
2. Plan your workouts in advance
Planning out your workouts will help you commit to it mentally, therefore you’re much more likely to work out. Pro tip: make sure to plan out your rest days, too -- it’ll give you something to look forward to!
3. Pre-pack your workout bag
If you’re planning a morning workout, get your bag ready to go the night before. It’ll make getting out of bed half-asleep much easier (and more likely). If you want to be extra prepared, lay out your workout clothes, too!
4. Call on your accountability buddy
When you’re hitting a motivation wall, it helps to have someone holding you accountable. Research shows that verbally committing your goals to a specific person greatly increases your chance of success. So, call your Battle Buddy. Call your Trainer. Call your mom. Call whoever, really.
5. Visualize achieving your goals
Before you go to bed, plan out your next day. Visualize what it will look like, and how it’ll feel to achieve all the things you’ve set out to do. Whether that means eating healthy, exercising, or even running errands, it’ll help you end one day and start the next with a motivated mindset.
6. Count on the power of habit
After a while, the little steps you’re taking to achieve your bigger goal will turn into habits. When in doubt, just go through the motions. It’s not always going to feel easy, but once it becomes a habit, you’ll be more likely to keep it up—and achieve that final goal!
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